1:23pm ET: Seigler did indeed receive a full slot $2,815,900 bonus, reports Jim Callis.
12:20pm ET: Anthony Seigler said there was “no doubt in my mind that I’m definitely going to sign with the Yankees” earlier this week, and he made good on his word today. According to George King, the Yankees signed Seigler, their 2018 first round pick, Saturday morning. He received a $2.8M slot bonus. The Yankees have not yet announced the signing, but that’ll come soon enough.
The Yankees selected Seigler with the 23rd overall pick in the draft this past Monday. He’s a high school catcher from Georgia who switch-hits and switch-throws, though the Yankees are going to keep him behind the plate. He’s not going to pitch and they’re not going to try him as a two-way player. Nothing like that. Here is a snippet of MLB.com’s scouting report:
He’s agile behind the plate, has a quick transfer that helps his arm play as plus at times and shows promise as a receiver and pitch framer. He’s more athletic than most catchers, along the lines of Austin Barnes, and could profile as an everyday second baseman as well.
Seigler makes consistent hard contact from both sides of the plate and employs an all-fields approach. There’s some question as to how much power he’ll have, but he has solid bat speed and should provide at least double-digit home run production once he gets stronger. The Florida recruit has close to average speed, making him quick for a catcher, and shows good instincts in all phases of the game.
Now that he’s signed, I assume Seigler will make his pro debut with the rookie level Gulf Coast League Yankees when they open their season on Monday, June 18th. Because he’s a prep catcher, I imagine Seigler will play in the GCL all season. Pushing him up to Short Season Staten Island or even Low-A Charleston is too aggressive.
Slot money for the 23rd overall pick is $2,815,900, so either Seigler took a slightly below slot bonus, or King rounded down. I’m guessing it’s the latter. You can see all the Yankees’ 2018 draft picks right here. Here is our Draft Bonus Pool Tracker and here are our Day One, Day Two, and Day Three draft reviews. The signing deadline is Friday, July 6th this year.